Suspended Chesterfield County Sheriff believes he'll be found not guilty
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:07:47 GMT —
Jury selection started Monday in the trial of suspended Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.
Court officials have more than 100 people who qualified to serve on the jury. They now have to select 12.
The SC State Grand Jury indicted Parker last March on four counts of Misconduct in Office and two counts of Furnishing Contraband to Inmates.
The state grand jury returned a second indictment three months later against Parker, charging him with one count of Embezzlement and one count of Official Misconduct in Office.
The indictment alleges that while he was sheriff, Parker received funds on behalf of Chesterfield County and cashed or deposited them into his personal bank account for his personal use.
Parker has said he's not guilty.
His attorneys have said Parker is being singled out for similar things sheriffs in rural areas have done for decades.
Parker has been in law enforcement for nearly 40 years.
If he's found not guilty, he'll ask Governor Nikki Haley to reinstate him as Sheriff of Chesterfield County.
Opening statements are expected to get underway in Parker's trial Tuesday.
It's expected to last more than a week.